While Harnessracing.com is reporting that negotiations for a lease of the Meadowlands is progressing with a time deadline being the major factor, we are beginning to see what the 2011 stakes program will look like at the Meadowlands should a deal be made. At this point, I'm not sure there will be a Meadowlands meet until the ink is dry on the agreement and nothing less.
The Historic Grand Circuit meet which traditionally has been raced at the Meadowlands in late June since parimutuel racing at Goshen stopped is on the move with the Historic Grand Circuit meeting moving to central New York at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. The two year old events; The E.H. Harriman Cup, Acorn Stakes, Goshen Cup and Debutante Stakes will be moving to Vernon Downs while the three year old events such as the Historic-Dickerson Cup, Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, along with the Ladyship Stake and now mis-named Jersey Cup moving to Tioga Downs.
There are the first races to be moved from the Meadowlands, Assuming there is racing at the Meadowlands it is fair to assume some more stakes will be on the move or cancelled and this is what the major breeders are fearful of. What good is a Meadowlands meet to the breeders if it becomes basically an overnight meet? You are not going to attract those people who will be interested in high price stallions. With the move of these races, I suspect races like the Yonkers Trot will be growing in importance again.
The dismantling has begun, it will be interesting to find out what the stakes schedule will look like nationwide in 2011...